The Theme to Beat

February 7th will mark the first night of Special Group competitions during 2015 Carnival in RIO. Last year’s winner, and thirteen-time Carnival Champion, Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, will compete third. Despite some controversy over the samba school’s theme during last year’s competition, this year’s theme may prove hard to beat. Check out the full article to find out Beija-Flor’s theme this year: http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/2015-carnival-champions-beija-flor-set-for-this-years-competition/#sthash.jyMMi5YP.dpuf

Beija-Flor were the 2015 champions of Rio's 2015 Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News

Pirates in Ipanema?

Former RIO resident and American expatriate, Brian Waksmunski has released a memoir detailing his experience as a RIO hostel owner.  “The Pirates of Ipanema,” offers a unique glimpse into the unique stories of hostel guests and his personal experiences in RIO.  Read on to find out more about the book and where to purchase.